Advertisements Any fans of this BBC show? Fantastic 12-hour mini-series from 1990, holds up very well. One of the best I've ever seen. It stars Ian Richardson (American audiences know him best as the guy in the commercials who said "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?") in an amazing performance as Francis Urquhart, first Chief Whip, then later Prime Minister of GB, who will resort to any underhanded means necessary, including murder, to have his way. It's a joyfully wicked performance, and sets the tone for the nasty, black political humor of the series. If you haven't seen it and like political intrigue, great writing and acting, I highly recommend it. Apparently there's going to be an American version with Kevin Spacey as Urquhart. Spacey would be great in the role, no doubt, but they're going to have a hard time topping or even equaling the original version. I also wonder how they're going to handle the middle section, "To Play the King", since the whole story centers around the conflict between Urquhart as Prime Minister, and Britain's new King (in another great performance by Michael Kitchen, who played Foyle in the BBC series "Folye's War").